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Roger Stone Gets Three Years, Four Months in Jail for Trump Cover-Up



Roger Stone, the longtime Republican operative and Donald Trump associate, was sentenced to 3 years and four months behind bars for lying to Congress and tampering with a witness to protect the president during the Russia investigation.

The sentence is in line with the three-to-four year range recommended by the Justice Department after it overruled the longer-term sought by the prosecutors assigned to the case. He was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.

Stone’s sentencing Thursday by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington caps a week of political turmoil that followed Trump’s Feb. 11 criticism of the original recommendation that his friend receive a prison term of as many as nine years. The four prosecutors in the case all stepped down after the Justice Department said it was withdrawing their proposal and submitting a new, more lenient one.

Jackson said the case against Stone was clear and explicitly rejected his argument, backed by the Trump, that it was politically motivated. Instead, she said, the prosecution was the result of Stone injecting himself into the election to try to help damage the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

“He was not prosecuted, as some have complained, for standing up for the president,” Jackson said. “He was prosecuted for covering up for the president.”

Stone was not taken into custody. The judge said Wednesday he would be allowed to remain free while he requests a new trial and pursues other legal options after his sentencing.

“I have nothing to say. Period. Thank you,” Stone said as he left the courtroom, smiling.

The outcome is sure to be picked apart by partisans looking for any sign that Jackson, whom Trump has targeted on Twitter, either caved to the president or pushed back against him by imposing an even tougher sentence. Stone declined to speak at his sentencing, but his lawyer asked that Stone be given no time for the charges on which he was convicted in November.

The government’s reversal on its sentencing recommendation prompted Democratic lawmakers to accuse Trump of using the Justice Department for his own bidding. It also set up a rare clash between the president and his attorney general, William Barr, who complained on television that Trump’s comments were harming the public perception of the Justice Department as impartial.

At the sentencing Thursday, Justice Department lawyer John Crabb apologized to the judge for the “confusion” caused by the withdrawal of the original prosecutors, whom he defended as acting “in good faith.” He said there had been a miscommunication within the department over “what the appropriate filing should be.”

Asking Jackson to impose a tough sentence “without fear, favor or political influence,” Crabb said. “This prosecution is righteous.”

Stone, who is planning to appeal his conviction, has also filed a sealed request for a new trial. Details of the motion aren’t public, but Trump and other Republicans have claimed the jury foreperson was a Democrat biased against Stone. An earlier request for a new trial alleging bias by a different juror was denied by Jackson.

Speculation that Trump will pardon Stone has also swelled since the president issued a slate of high-profile clemencies Tuesday to several well-connected individuals convicted of white-collar crimes. Since his tweet denouncing the original sentencing recommendation for Stone as a “miscarriage of justice,” Trump has continued to criticize the case, including during the sentencing.

Stone was the last person charged during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The case against him included evidence that Trump knew about a plan by WikiLeaks to release emails damaging to Clinton that U.S. intelligence believed were hacked by Russia. Stone lied to Congress to protect the president, prosecutors said.

A federal jury in Washington found Stone guilty in November on all seven counts against him. Others in Trump’s circle who have been convicted or pleaded guilty include his 2016 campaign chairman, Paul Manafort; his deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates; his first national security adviser, Mike Flynn; and his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. Manafort is currently serving a seven-and-a-half-year sentence.

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#Free Roger Stone

Douglas young
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Douglas young

Found guilty by a Jury foreman with total bias who was put on the jury by a totally biased judge.
Makes you wonder who the other jurors are??

Jeremy Truitt
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Jeremy Truitt

Ok, soooooo what about the other people in the FBI that lied to congress. Are they all getting 40 months also?????

TheKrazysexykool
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TheKrazysexykool

I wish someone would put a bullet through that smug f**ker's face.

Dana Church
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Dana Church

Protect him from what? There was no collusion with Russians according to Mueller's team and Horowitz's report.They never found any Russian conspiracy wtf? Horowitz and Mueller didn't find anything true in the dossier. It was found to be bogus lies and junk. They already found 2 out of 4 warrants based on it to have been illegal. Including the one while Mueller was investigating. The 2 earliest warrants are still being reviewed. But the courts slapped some hands for bogus warrant aps. Stone is going to prison because Amy Berman Jackson a crooked judge, knew his jury was biased, and… Read more »

Michelle August
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Michelle August

18:41, door opens! Lock him up chant…..! I say, just give the guy a sheet in prison and let nature take its course.

Paul Beduhn
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Paul Beduhn

This is not a Democracy, you reprobate, activist Judge Amy Berman Jackson, this is a Republic.

James Butterson
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James Butterson

Until he's behind bars" he's got no punishment!.

SELF AWARE
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SELF AWARE

18:40 of this video is watching 2 closed doors!! WTF edited this and posted it?? Why would we want almost 20 minutes of nothing!!! Fire this trash ass editor!!!!

SoliSolrac
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SoliSolrac

Remember everyone, who is a U.S., citizen to vote for the 2020 election! It's very important this time around. I'm not going to tell you who to vote for but vote for what's best for our country. Individually we may be silenced but together we have a voice!

ComedicEinstein
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ComedicEinstein

ROGER STONE DID NOTHING WRONG!

Steven
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Steven

Sentenced to prison but they let him remain free while he requests a retrial? Only in America such an injustice for the common man who never gets a break.

ITz R1cky
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ITz R1cky

18:41 …thank me later

Columbus Brooks
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Columbus Brooks

Why he not in handcuff? He guilty, he sentenced and walks out of court with godfather hat on…somebody please sa it ain't so

emmanuel coffy
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emmanuel coffy

Three years ?? I see African Americans who serve 3 to 5 years for selling weed. This is a joke

john abbot
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john abbot

Is that how those things go down? Thats it ? Guy comes walking out , people start saying shit all at the same time , overriding everything, cant make out nothing. Your better off stand2there with a sign. Most people can read it, unless your trump

ken moore
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ken moore

Free Roger Stone he did nothing wrong

todd prifogle
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todd prifogle

Why should this super villain straight out of some Bizzaro world comic book story receive favorable treatment ? Why should stone get less than half the sentencing guidelines ? Sentencing guidelines while I always thought were an intrusion upon local jurisdictional sovereignty are the law of the land that all persons are sentenced under for the purpose of insuring an equitable base for administration of sentencing across the state's . Now due to what can only be described as favoritism any friend of Trump can be above the law while any person Trump perceives as a foe will be subject… Read more »

STUBS 1
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STUBS 1

Told by Bloomberg a complete shitshow biased outlet. Your welcome. Lmao

john lee
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john lee

Bs lies as usual, yall gona hang for sedition that includes fake news. Stone told truth, judge will hang too, no immunity for treason. 18 U.S. Code  2385.Advocating overthrow of Government Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United Statesor the government of any State,Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; orWhoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints,… Read more »

Milissa Poisson
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Milissa Poisson

Mistrial

SHARON ANNE
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SHARON ANNE

Just staring at doors..is wasted TIME , a commodity one cannot retrieve..quite unwelcome

William Kimmons
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William Kimmons

All these protestors need to get a job

Kvhvtke
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Kvhvtke

He'll be released early his sentence will be a presidential pardon

damok9999
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damok9999

What force it takes to hold someone against their will for 3 years with your money. All for made up victimless bs. This society has a bunch of violent hypocritical freaks.

Kiet Nguyen
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Kiet Nguyen

Why don’t they lock Hillary, Obama and the other lying bish? Fuck them congress

Dee Ewing
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Dee Ewing

How about Hillary Clinton?
When does America get justice for all her decietful acts & crimes?

Dee Ewing
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Dee Ewing

This video a waste of time

Winters Mill Progressive
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Winters Mill Progressive

Guys a scumbag. Lock him up. 😉

Ted Phillips
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Ted Phillips

Bloomberg politicized reporting – Roger Stone could not have done anything to protect Trump as there was nothing to protect him from.

Jesus Covarrubias
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Jesus Covarrubias

This guys not even fazed of going to prison. This guys probably celebrating A win Win

Anti thug Society
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Anti thug Society

Just forward to 18:42 when the video REALLY starts

javiel villa
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javiel villa

Only a 20k fine? That's like me losing 50 cents in the couch.

Arbiter667
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Arbiter667

Lol the judge let him go free while he pursues other legal options after being found guilty and sentenced?? Yet for poor or minority's we are held behind bars for the whole of our case while being innocent until proven guilty, rightt hahaha.

Tyler Dawson
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Tyler Dawson

Getting arrested for covering up the act of releasing emails that would destroy Hillary Clinton when the emails were a crime but yet Hillary still walking free? Makes a lot of sense.

Mohammad Mursalin
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Mohammad Mursalin

You morons think “justice was served”, 3 years in “prison “ ; what kind of “prison “. The guy was on a lifetime luxury retirement vacation anyway. If this guy was a regular Joe, he would get At least 10 years.

IamRoyalll
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IamRoyalll

I think Bloomberg might just be the most hated person in America right now. By democrats and republicans alike, what a waste of oxygen.

mark toney
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mark toney

This corrupt judge shows why Jews had to be put in labor camps …